With the growing popularity of body contouring aesthetic enhancement procedures, the combination of lipo and BBL has become one of the most popular surgeries around. Popularized by some of our favorite Instagram stars and pseudo-celebs, the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure gives regular, everyday women the chance to have the sexy, sultry curves they’ve always dreamed of. The Lipo and BBL fat transfer process generally occurs in two separate steps, the initial liposuction is used to harvest fat from certain areas of the body that are currently holding excess fat. This is where the popularity of the lipo and BBL process comes from, as patients essentially see the procedure as offering double the benefit! They get to remove fat and slim down a problem area of theirs, most often the stomach and midsection, and get the added shape and volume to their backside.
The next step in the process is to inject the harvested fat into the buttocks of the patient. At Goals Plastic Surgery, Dr. Voskin, the top plastic surgeon NYC has to offer, has performed this procedure on countless individuals before. And through his years of experience in the lipo and BBL process, he knows precisely where the best areas to inject the fat are – especially when trying to provide the best and most naturally appearing results. But what happens after the procedure is complete? Because of how invasive this procedure is, there is generally a long recovery period, as well a number of important aftercare tips and steps to follow. Here are 5 things to know about lipo and BBL aftercare.
· Rest, Rest, and More Rest
When you first arrive back home, the first thing to do is to rest and relax. You may want to sleep the anesthesia off, but make sure to sleep on your side as your incisions and sutures are still fresh and they will definitely be in pain. Get as much rest as possible, and definitely make sure to have someone take you to and from your appointment as you will not be able to on your own. While it’s important to have someone there to help you through recovery, you have to try to get up and move around a bit to promote blood flow and tissue healing – try to stand up and walk around or do VERY light exercises for at least 10-15 minutes, every hour or two.
· Food and Drink
It’s very important to keep yourself well fed and well hydrated. This will not only help promote your healing – improving your results and support faster recovery, it will also limit your pain and side effects. If you are on a weight management or calorie-restricted diet, you must curtail this for atleast the first two weeks of your recovery = you need as many calories as you can get.
· Bandages and Wraps
Because the lipo and BBL procedure requires multiple incisions for both segments, bandages and compression wraps are key parts of the recovery period. Garments and bandages need to be clean and should usually be changed every few hours, especially during the beginning of your recovery. Make sure any compression garments aren’t too tight, as this will restrict blood flow.
· Avoid Certain Lifestyle Habits
When recovery froma Brazilian Butt Lift it is important to avoid certain common habits, as they will prevent the tissue from healing efficiently and may hamper your end results. Avoid smoking for at least a week or two following surgery. Also avoid over-exposure to the sun and the consumption of aspirin-containing products (things like Tylenol or prescription pain medication is okay). While some light walking and movement is important, avoid any strenuous activities or a full-fledged workout for at least 3-6 weeks after surgery.
· Follow Directions and Follow-Up Appointments
At Goals Plastic Surgery, following your procedure, they will often recommend a number of different follow-up appointments for certain things like a massage or even just a check-up to see how you are progressing. These are extremely important. Be sure to follow directions they provide and not to miss your follow ups. This will ensure that your results are what they should be and that you aren’t suffering any post-procedure complications.
For more information on the Brazilian Butt Lift, lipo and BBL procedure or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Voskin, the top plastic surgeon NYC has in practice, contact Goals Plastic Surgery today.